Water desalination: the latest display of Saudi Arabia's technological advancements?
With the annual demand for water is increasing by 8.8 percent due to the 2.5 percent rapid growth of population, Saudi Energy 2014 is to exhibit cutting-edge technology and latest products in water desalination.
The demand for water has prompted the government to sign several contracts worth billions of dollars to establish new desalination facilities in the Kingdom in addition to renovating existing plants to prolong their life expectancy from 25 years to 40 years.
Currently, the Saline Water Conservation Corporation (SWCC) operates 36 water desalination stations on the Red Coast.
The Saudi Energy 2014 will be held from May 26 to 28 at the Riyadh International Convention and Exhibition Center.
The International Trade Exhibition for Electricity, Power Generation, Alternative Energy, Water Technology and Lighting will display the latest products in water desalination.
The event is being organized by the Riyadh Exhibitions Company and Informa Exhibitions with the support of
Ministry of Water and Electricity.
Participants will gain entry into the regional market by exploring partnership opportunities with local companies, and networking with the region’s professional audience, including government officials, service providers, regional buyers and international exhibitors.
“Saudi Arabia has the third largest water consumption rate in the world with an average use reaching 280 liters per person per day. Of the total daily requirement of seven billion cubic meters of water, 60 percent of water demand is supplied from the water desalination plants — 40 percent from SWCC stations and 20 percent from plants operated by the private sector,” Fahad Al-Athel, deputy general manager, Riyadh Exhibitions Company said.
He said the show is set to contribute positively to growing demand for desalinated water at an alarming rate.
“The event will offer the visitors a chance to learn about path-breaking technologies from international experts as they interact with local service providers and explore cooperative opportunities.”
Saudi Energy 2014 will also showcase the latest sector products, services and technologies to a large group of professional visitors from Saudi Arabia and the region.
The event will offer a chance to gain first-hand experience of fresh technologies and new equipment for attendees to stay abreast with the industry and market developments in the region.
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